So Moto GP has completed the first half of its global tour of duty with the Moto GP only race (the paddock is deemed too small to accommodate Moto 2 and 3 bikes) at Laguna Seca. It was a great race with Marquez overtaking Rossi using a Rossi moved ripped straight out of 2008 at the corkscrew. Fans around the world will be left wondering im Marquez has invented some new glue that prevents himself or the bike from falling over. The kid is pure class and now takes a healthy championship lead into the summer break.
The other kid doing well is Stefan Bradl who after taking a first pole position (for any German, EVER) couldn’t quite hold off the speed of Marquez to bring home a first podium and career best finish of 2nd. Rossi rounded out the rostrum 3rd but the Yamaha riders seemed to lack the pace of the Honda round the hills and bends of the short desert raceway.
Elsewhere Baustista picked up a season best of 4th and gave Rossi a good race home while the walking wounded finished Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Crutchlow (who had a quiet weekend further highlighting Yamaha’s issues).
The result gives us plenty to ponder over the break with contracts needing to be signed soon for next year. With no Suzuki ride available till 2015 there is a wealth of talent out there for not many seats. Nicky Hayden has been told he’s not coming back next year for Ducati so the 32 year old 2005 world champion will either find himself in WSB (which Ducati have a competitive bike so having a few years to have a crack at the double might actually be an attractive option) or in one of the Non-MSMA teams.
There have also been rumours that Honda were ready to put pressure on dropping Bradl to a production racer (which Honda release to the old CRT squads next year) to bag Crutchlow however he’s putting together a strong case for staying. He could yet move to Ducati, I think if he’d netted a win this year ink would be drying in Italy with the Britons scrawl on it to try and mount a title challenge with a factory team.
In the soon to be re-named CRT class (Non-MSMA from next year) NGM Forward racing as predicted here on the blog are going to be using leased Yamaha engines but with Yamaha support on designing the chassis! Your move ART!